|Noun||1.||leading question - a question phrased in such a way as to suggest the desired answer; a lawyer may ask leading questions on cross-examination|
LEADING QUESTION, evidence, Practice. A question which puts into the
witness' mouth the words to be echoed back, or plainly suggests the answer
which the party wishes to get from him. 7 Serg. & Rawle, 171; 4 Wend. Rep.
247. In that case the examiner is said to lead him to the answer. It is not
always easy to determine what is or is not a leading question.
2. These questions cannot, in general, be put to a witness in his examination in chief. 6 Binn. R. 483, 3 Binn. R. 130; 1 Phill. Ev. 221; 1 Stark. Ev. 123. But in an examination in chief, questions may be put to lead the mind of the witness to the subject of inquiry; and they are allowed when it appears the witness wishes to conceal the truth, or to favor the opposite party, or where, from the nature of the case, the mind of the witness cannot be directed to the subject of inquiry, without a particular specification of such subject. 1 Camp. R. 43; 1 Stark. C. 100.
3. In cross-examinations, the examiner has generally the right to put leading questions. 1 Stark. Ev. 132; 3 Chit. Pr. 892; Rosc. Civ. Ev. 94; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 3203-4.